Steps for the Activity
Look Up your IP Address
- Using an online resource to trace your internet protocol (IP) addresses (i.e., http://who.is or http://www.iptrackeronline.com/ or another of your choosing) look up your IP address.
- Discuss whether the IP address reveals any information about you and what an IP address is.
Research IP Addresses
- Using online search tools, see if you can find the answers to the following questions about IP addresses. Write down your responses by taking notes.
- Why were IP addresses developed and what role do they play in helping the internet work?
- What is the future of the IP address? State three facts about what is IPv6 and why it is important.
- What personal information does the IP address reveal about you?
IP Addresses of Your Favourite Sites
- Alone or in a group, generate a list of your 5 favourite websites.
- Look up the IP address of your 5 favourite websites using an an online resource to trace IP addresses (i.e., http://websiteipaddress.com/) Identify and collect information about 5 of your favourite websites:
Take notes on the following:
- Name and URL of website:
- IP Address
Mapping IP addresses
- Use a paper map to mark the locations of the IP addresses for websites you have traced IP addresses for. Alternatively, you can use a service like Google maps to create your maps digitally.
- Examine your map and explore the discussion questions through independent reflection or in a discussion group.
- Web Access
- Paper map or Google account(s) if creating a Google map
- Do you think an IP Address is personal information? Why or why not?
- Were there any websites that you tracked which masked their location information? Why would this be important?
- Were there any websites that you tracked where the location information, such as the city or country, was different from where you thought the site should be located?
- Can you find any statements on whether an internet company or government agency considers an IP address to be personal information?
- Have you heard of any news stories involving IP addresses? What issues were at stake?